In the summer months, it can be a challenge to get your children to come in for dinner, yet when the weather turns cooler, you may find yourself with the opposite problem.
Shorter days and a lack of outdoor areas can result in even the most active child becoming a sofa sloth or a digital zombie.
Fortunately, if you are worried about your children not being out and about in the fresh air enough in the upcoming months, there are lots of fun outdoor activities that you can do together as a family that will promote wellbeing and encourage physical activity.
From puddle splashing to paddling, duck feeding to making a den, keep reading to discover the seven best outdoor winter activities that children of all ages will enjoy.
Plan a nature scavenger hunt
If the thought of another boring trip to the local park fills you with dread, then why not make it a bit more exciting and plan your own nature scavenger hunt. All you need is some paper and pens, and you are good to go.
Make a den
For a fun activity that you can enjoy from the comfort of your own garden, ALL children love to build dens. If you are worried about the cold, simply bundle them up in layers and provide them with lots of blankets and throws for added warmth.
Again, this may seem like more of a summer activity, but there is no reason why you can’t go paddling in the winter. You just need to all wear welly boots rather than go barefoot. Be sure to invest in winter skincare for children as both the sun (when it comes out) and the wind can be harsh to your children’s skin. Toddler Born Wild offers natural skin care products that are 100% vegan and packaged in sustainable materials.
Feed the ducks
Is there anything more family-friendly than taking a stroll around your local duck pond and enjoying the look of delight on your children’s faces as the ducks swim up to collect their breaded treats?
For the more adventurous among you, climbing trees is a great way to build strength and character. Ideal for children who love to take risks, although it can be good for more reserved kids to face their fears, tree-climbing is fun, free, and a great form of exercise.
More suited to younger ones, puddle splashing should be a part of everyone’s childhood. Maybe it’s the noise of the splashes, or maybe it’s because it feels a bit naughty getting all wet in the winter. Who knows? Just be sure to take a change of clothes, a pair of wellies, and a waterproof coat before you embark on this outdoor activity.
Stare at the stars
There is something about being out at night that children can’t get enough of. Whether it is camping, going night-time exploring, or simply gazing at the stars, any excuse to be out and about once it gets dark and your children will be up off the sofa in no time.